Earth hour is an annual global event where millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show their concern for the planet. The Philippines has been participating in Earth Hour since 2009 and Filipinos are among the biggest advocates of the climate movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Earth Hour Philippines’ main switch-off event shall be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on March 19, Saturday night. “It shall be a showcase of climate solutions,” explains Earth Hour Philippines Director Atty. Gia Ibay.
Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off lights for 60 minutes to deliver a powerful message about the need for decisive climate change solutions. In the past decade, the movement has grown from a symbolic switch-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world’s largest open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising hundreds of millions of people in over 7000 cities and 172 countries.
Social media users can promote their commitment to the planet by donating their Facebook feeds to spread climate awareness and action in a few clicks on earthhour.org/climateaction. Users can also use the hashtags #EarthHourPhilippines, #ChangeClimateChange, and #RenewableisDoable to promote climate solutions.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje noted that satellite data from 2002 to 2014 showed sea levels near the Philippines rising by more than 14 millimeters per year, or five times more than the global average.
Let us do our part in lessening our footprint on earth and in preserving the earth for tomorrow’s generation even for just an hour.